You Should Subscribe

Every thinking Christian owes it to himself to subscribe to the Confessional Presbyterian Journal. You can subscribe by clicking here. Here are some reasons why you should subscribe:

1. Chris Coldwell is the editor. Not only does he work his tail off (at almost no profit!) to get this journal into print (thus indicating a profound labor of love!), but he is also extremely learned in all matters confessional.

2. Even if you absolutely hate confessions and people who like confessions, you still need to know what they are about. This journal is one of the very best ways of finding out what confessionalism looks like. The case is made there as well as it can be made.

3. It is the best confessional journal in print. In my opinion, it even ranks higher than the Westminster Theological Journal and the Mid-America Theological Journal.

4. It is accessible. Even though written according to scholarly standards, the writing is edited to be clear. Any Christian with a decent education can read and profit by this journal.

5. There is a great deal on right now for all four volumes at $50. The page size is large, and therefore you are getting the equivalent of 4 volumes of 500 pages each. And that includes shipping.

6. I am now the reviews editor. I realize that this is reason enough for some of you to run pell-mell in the opposite direction, avoiding it like the bubonic plague (Hey, get back here, you!…). However, my editorship does not start until the ’09 journal (although I did proof a few pieces in the ’08 journal). The ’08 journal includes my very first published work. So all 3 of you who desire to have everything I ever write, this is the necessary first step.



  1. Todd Pedlar said,

    December 19, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Perhaps it’s silly to post an endorsement of an endorsement, but I have to in this case. The CPJ is one of the most encouraging and useful publications to come along in a LONG time. Kudos to Chris Coldwell and his efforts over the years to produce sound, quality Puritan reading material and get some of the long-unpublished works out there for our eyes to see. Now, with CPJ, there is another venue for shorter pieces from the Puritans themselves, and reflections on them by solid expositors.

    And who can complain about the price? It’s extremely hard to beat…

  2. December 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on the special offer, Lane. I just purchased all the back issues, plus the 2008 issue.

  3. Pete Myers said,

    December 19, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I, indeed, have just purchased all the back issues, plus the 2008 issue. Thanks for the tip Lane.

  4. Jeff Cagle said,

    December 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Is it available on CD-ROM or other electronic medium?

    *nervously checks his double-parked shelves for room. Perhaps we could donate Keil and Delitzsch to the church?*

  5. greenbaggins said,

    December 19, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I’m afraid not, Jeff, at least not right now. Chris is not a huge fan of etext. But time will tell on that one.

  6. Jeff Cagle said,

    December 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, that’s a shame. I love the feel of a book, too. But one gets to the point where space is at a premium …

  7. Kyle said,

    December 20, 2008 at 1:25 pm


    Thanks for this reminder. I did renew my subscription to this excellent publication.

  8. December 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    This is tough…should I spend this money on CPJ, or a subscription to the other journals I am considering, Journal for the Study of Judaism, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vigiliae Christianae, or the excellent Harvard Theological Review.

    I will let you know : )…

  9. greenbaggins said,

    December 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Oh man! To me that’s no contest at all. CPJ wins hands down! :-)

  10. December 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    So you think CPJ a more sure guide to theology than the Harvard Theological Review? : )

  11. December 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Yep, got my 2008 a week or so ago but forgot to write about it. Great work by all and major kudos to Chris yet again. As I’ve said before, CPJ is how theology is done right.

  12. greenbaggins said,

    December 25, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Stephen, just because “theological” is in the title does by no means imply or force the conclusion that it is a good journal. In my mind, the fact that Krister Stendahl’s article “Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West” was published in that journal is a tremendous strike against the journal. What are they doing, publishing such drivel?

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